Vonn Closes in on Maier’s Record With Downhill Win in Schladming

American skier Lindsey Vonn is closing in on the World Cup point record set by Austria’s Hermann Maier after winning the downhill in Schladming.

Vonn, 27, won her fifth downhill of the season at the World Cup Finals in Austria in a time of 1 minute, 46.56 seconds, almost one second ahead of France’s Marion Rolland and 1.22 seconds faster than Tina Maze of Slovenia.

The American is now 92 points short of tying Maier’s World Cup record of 2,000 set 12 years ago. Vonn, who has already clinched the overall season title, will ski three more events this week in Schladming, each worth 100 points. She’s 62 points shy of the women’s record of 1,970 points set by Janica Kostelic of Croatia in 2006.

After losing last year’s overall title to Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch by three points, Vonn has dominated the ski circuit this season. Today’s win was her 12th World Cup victory this winter, and takes her total tally to 53. Last week, she became the first American to win four overall World Cup skiing titles by taking the giant slalom race in Are, Sweden.

Earlier today, Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won the final downhill race of the year after he finished more than half a second ahead of Beat Feuz of Switzerland. Austria’s Hannes Reichelt came in third. Austria’s Klaus Kroell took the overall downhill title for the 2011-12 season with 605 points after finishing seventh in today’s race. Feuz leads the men’s overall season standings.

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